One photographer managed to capture the moment a stealth bomber flew over the stadium. That might not sound that remarkable, but the difference was: he caught it from above.
It was during the 2018 Rose Bowl college football game between Georgia and Oklahoma that Mark Holtzman managed to document the fleeting moment. Pictured is the B-2 stealth bomber passing over the stadium, the US flag prominently seen on the field below. But this wasn’t a drone shot as you may assume it to be. Holtzman is an aerial photo enthusiast with years of experience flying his Cessna 206 under his belt. He tells The Atlantic he took this particular image whilst nearly hanging out the window of his plane, as an experienced pilot friend flew the aircraft: “The plane is my tripod, and it is a moving tripod.”
In an age of illegal drone flying, it’s worth noting Holtzman had clearance for the journey and was speaking to the B-2 throughout the flight during which he took the picture. The bomber was flying at 1,000 ft, whilst Holtzman was at 3,500 ft – above the restricted area. He guided the plane into the right position, then used the rudder pedals to swing it back and forth for different angles and shot the image using a Canon 5D Mark III and 70-200mm lens.
I’m moving the plane around and sticking my head out the window. And then I’m moving the plane, kicking it around left and right to get what I want. It’s not like I’m in a blimp right above it, waiting for it to fly.
Update: This article has been edited to reflect that Holtzman was not piloting the plane when the photo was taken.
Images used with permission.